The fine weather is back, and our desire for the great outdoors with it! Escaping into nature, working in the garden or participating in convivial festivals: discover a selection of springtime activities and ideas for excursions in Geneva for young and old alike.
The days are getting longer, the temperature is gradually rising and spring is definitely in the air! It is the opportunity to get a breath of fresh air and spend some time doing different activities:
Discover Geneva by bike
Hop on a bike and explore Geneva and its surroundings! When planning your route, the City of Geneva suggests a number of circuits on the cycle circuits page. You can also rediscover the city with its original lighting by means of the cultural and guided tours organised free of charge as part of the samedis du vélo. And if you have yet to find your faithful mount, don’t worry: with the arrival of spring, the bike loan season starts in April! Genèveroule bike loan arcades or cabins can be found in les Pâquis, Plainpalais, Montbrillant, la Terrassière on Place du Rhône and on Place des Nations.
Get your fill of sport in the great outdoors
No need to lock yourself away in a gym any more if you feel like doing a little sport! With the Proxisport urban fitness installations in different parks around the city, a Proxitraining sport circuit in Beaulieu, a range of fitness trails and Urban training circuits, make the most of the green areas in your districts, free of charge!
Des courses entre campagne et milieu urbain
Rien de tel que les beaux jours pour se mettre ou se remettre à la course à pieds! Pour les adeptes de la course, des pistes extérieures dans les cadres verdoyants de différents centres sportifs genevois sont disponibles pour s’entraîner. Et pour celles et ceux qui seraient tentés par la compétition, ou par le spectacle de milliers d’athlètes allongeant les foulées, rendez-vous au mois de mai pour le Marathon de Genève !
Races between the city and the countryside
There’s nothing like the fine weather to get (back) in training for a road race or two! Race enthusiasts can train on one of the numerous outdoor tracks in the lush settings of the different Geneva sports centres.
Bring out the tennis rackets
It's time to enjoy the nice weather and to take out your racket! Le Vessy Sports Center have opened its tennis courts for the public from Saturday 30 May, to play in singles only. Hours: Monday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., reservations only by phone on 022 418 48 70 (Fr. 14 .- / 1 hour)
Take a walk between heritage and Mother Nature
Circuits combining a pleasant stroll and new discoveries
Spring is the ideal season to enjoy a walk! A series of walking guides offer you the chance to follow themed circuits to discover former estates that have been transformed into public parks, emblematic constructions and rare or remarkable trees, or to follow the course of the River Arve. Following the cultural trails explore the districts and their museums, monuments and public works of art or discover historical anecdotes.
If you go down in the woods today …
It is the ideal opportunity to fill up on chlorophyll with a stroll in the woods in the Bois-de-la-Bâtie. In its animal park, your family can make the acquaintance of miniature goats, Mangalitza pigs and other species of animal, some of which are threatened with extinction.
Green workshops for children
The green workshops of the Botanical Garden offer children aged 6 to 13 the chance to discover the world of plants and animals. Carnivorous plants, molecular biology experiments or animals that are friends of plants: there are numerous opportunities to observe and learn! For kids (6-9) and juniors (10-13), on Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., registration required, CHF 12 per workshop.
Back to basics and the earth
Urban vegetable gardens and local varieties
Create your own vegetable garden in your garden or on your balcony! Several associations, supported by the City of Geneva through its Feed the City programme, provide courses on how to prepare your seeds or plants, and even let you use locally sourced varieties. Tomatoes from Chancy, purple artichokes from Plainpalais or Swiss chards from Geneva are all varieties you can find on the organic plant market held every Thursday and Saturday from April to June at les artichauts, the greenhouses in the Parc de Beaulieu.
A world of colour with the parks in bloom
With the arrival of spring, the parks burst into a thousand colours. Don’t miss the spectacular flowering of the rhododendrons and azaleas, their scents and shimmering colours guaranteed to enchant your senses. These bushes can be found in particular at the bottom of the Parc des Eaux-Vives or in the Parc Moynier.
The gardener’s visit at the CJB
Come and discover the secrets of the gardeners at the Botanical Garden thanks to free guided visits, every Thursday from March to October, at the Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques. These visits offer an ideal chance to explore the collections of this living museum through renewed themes, accompanied by the botanical horticulturist.
Les grands rendez-vous du printemps
- Les Journées européennes des métiers d'art , fin mars-début avril vous permettent de découvrir le savoir-faire de celles et ceux qui officient dans les institutions culturelles genevoises;
- Le Festival du film et forum international des droits humains (FIFDH) constitue au mois de mars une tribune libre pour celles et ceux qui défendent les valeurs humaines dans le monde;
- La Fête des voisins vous permet de partager au mois de mai un moment convivial entre voisin-e-s;
- La Nuit des musées permet au public de découvrir en mai les musées genevois à travers un programme inédit d'animations nocturnes;
- La semaine du livre petite enfance et familles permet aux tout-petits de se familiariser avec le livre à travers une série d’activités proposées au mois de mai.
Article modifié le 17.06.2021 à 10:22